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September 13, 2013
CX-010993: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Characterizing the Response of the Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrate Reservoir to Climate Change
CX(s) Applied: A9
Date: 09/13/2013
Location(s): Washington
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

September 5, 2013
Fun fact: Most systems require air conditioning or chilled water to cool super powerful supercomputers, but the Olympus supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is cooled by the location's 65 degree groundwater. Traditional cooling systems could cost up to $61,000 in electricity each year, but this more efficient setup uses 70 percent less energy. PNNL's scientists use the Olympus supercomputer to conduct advanced research in areas such as energy storage and future power grid development. This supercomputer has the ability to compute as fast as about 20,000 typical personal computers combined. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: The Olympus Supercomputer

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August 27, 2013
Hanford firefighters stand next to the 31-year-old chemical truck. Pictured, left to right, are Hanford Fire Lt. Robert Smith, Firefighter/Paramedic Kyle Harbert, Firefighter Don Blackburn and Capt. Sean Barajas.
Fire Department Gets New Trucks, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Last year, the Hanford Fire Department (HFD) set out to replace its aging chemical truck used for metal fires. Originally purchased to respond to potential incidents at the Fast Flux Test Facility, the 31-year-old vehicle was at the end of its lifecycle.

August 27, 2013
The award recognized CH2M HILL for its excellence in the international water industry. CH2M HILL’s Water Business Group's International Client Sector Director Peter Nicol accepted the award from Global Water Awards Speaker and former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Hanford’s 200 West Pump and Treat System Garners Worldwide Attention

RICHLAND, Wash. – A groundwater treatment system at the Hanford site is in the international spotlight and is being called a technological marvel.

August 15, 2013
EA-1934: Finding of No Significant Impact

Expansion of Active Borrow Areas, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

August 15, 2013
EA-1934: Final Environmental Assessment

Expansion of Active Borrow Areas, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

August 9, 2013
EA-1949: FERC Final Environmental Assessment

Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project, Puget Sound, WA

August 7, 2013
Members of the Hanford site team observe Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project workers at the Idaho site putting on protective equipment. The Level B protective suit is custom-designed to provide maximum flexibility and protection against potential workplace hazards. The containment suit, coupled with the breathing equipment shown in the photo below, enables work to be conducted safely in high-hazard atmospheres.
EM Sites Come Together to Share Lessons Learned on Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Hanford visited a waste processing facility at the Idaho site to observe equipment that may assist them in entering highly contaminated areas of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), a complex nuclear decommissioning project.

July 30, 2013
As a Laboratory Fellow at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pete McGrail and his team are working to develop a more efficient adsorption chiller that could help the Navy cut its fuel costs. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
PNNL Helps the Navy Stay Cool and Conserve Fuel

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a more efficient air conditioner that could help the U.S. military cut its fuel use.

July 30, 2013
Matt McCormick, manager of the Richland Operations Office, commends a large group of Hanford workers for the 15-million-ton milestone at a public event at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
Disposal Facility Reaches 15-Million-Ton Milestone

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) — a massive landfill for low-level radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford site — has achieved a major cleanup milestone.